Fill your weekends with these ideas of fun days out in Brisbane
Ahh Brisbane. Sunny one day and sunny the next. It is a city built for outdoor play and what better way to celebrate this beautiful city of ours than to get out and about with your family and enjoy the very best it has to offer.
Our discussion group is filled with wonderful recommendations from Mums on their favourite activities to do as a family. So we have picked the top ten most frequently recommended ideas below.
1. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Lone Pine is open every day from 9am to 5pm and is full of beautiful Australian animals that your kids will love. It is located in the leafy suburb of Fig Tree Pocket beside the river, and even has a little farm where there is often an opportunity to hold baby chicks and guinea pigs. And of course there is a big field where you can pat and feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus.
Annual Passes to Lone Pine are very good value. At only $56 for an adult and $40 for children over 2 when you buy online. You can go back again and again and have a different experience every time.
Southbank is Brisbane's jewel. Featuring Streets Beach, where you can splash and play in the man made lagoon and sand right beside the views of the Brisbane River and City, as well as playing in the watery playground of 'Aquativity' which is perfect for younger children and toddlers.
If water play isn't your thing, Southbank has tons of amazing restaurants and cafes, a movie theatre, weekend markets, playgrounds, a rainforest walk and lots of walking and biking tracks. It is the epicentre of Brisbane tourism and as a local, I go there all the time.
You can read more about the features and facilities of Southbank here.
3. Cultural Centre - Art Gallery, State Library, Museum and Science Centre
Not too far from South Bank, in South Brisbane, is the Cultural Centre. There you will find the Art Gallery, State Library, Museum and Science Centre. Each of these places has free entry and tons of amazing activities for children both during the week and on the weekend. They are close by to public transport and lots of meal options, as well as the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) close by which plays host to a myriad of plays, concerts and live shows for families.
Located by the river and across the bridge from Southbank, the gardens feature an excellent all ages children's playground. There is also, of course, the beautiful gardens and paths perfect for walking, scooting and bike riding. Or of course you can have a picnic in the sunshine.
If botanic gardens are really your thing, then you can also head to the Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-ha. These gardens have two small playgrounds, a large pond filled with ducks and is home to the newly reopened Planetarium.
If you have children that love to hike, then the Children's trail is a wonderful experience for the whole family. The Hide 'n' Seek trail, is a walking track filled with all sorts of fun facts and things to find. Grab a brochure from the information desk and make sure to bring along a pen or pencil to mark off the checkpoints as you go.
You can read more about the Children's trail here.
6. Victoria Park
Located at the Victoria Park Golf Club in Herston, Victoria Park is hugely popular with Brisbane families because of it's incredible playground and bistro. The fenced playground is for all ages and is jam packed with imagination play opportunities. The best feature of the playground is the huge raised cubby house which has a play kitchen, two small slides and an undercover basement filled with tool boxes and trucks.
On weekends, Victoria Park often has a jumping castle, animal farm and other kids activities going on, and if you have older children they may be interested in a game of the parks famous putt-putt.
The views are also beautiful and you can have a yummy breakfast, lunch or even just a coffee from the bistro.
New Farm Park is arguably Brisbane's most beautiful park. The playground which is built amongst the fig trees, has ramps, bridges and slides that all ages will love. There are huge green open spaces for picnics, flying a kite or playing soccer. But it is not just the playground which makes New Farm Park so special, on the weekends you can visit the famous Jan Powers Markets or check out a show at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
New Farm Park is a very popular destination for families going for a ride on the City Cat as there is a terminal right there, conveniently located next to coffee. You can jump on the City Cat and ride to the city, Southbank, Tenerife or even Hamilton. The world is your oyster.
The Workshops Rail Museum is an excellent place to take train lovers. Regularly hosting Thomas and his friends, the children's play area amazing. With play toy carriages, train tracks and even the mini train 'station' where you could buy tickets and push your friends around in carriages. There are train toys, books and dress ups and even a carriage with a dining car that has a toy kitchen.
Located in Ipswich, the museum has a really interesting history, but kids will probably be more interested in going for a mini train ride and enjoying the ever changing play themes.
White Ridge Farm is the ultimate family farm experience in Caboolture. All animals are free range and hand raised and include goats, sheep, duck, mini pig, chickens, alpacas and miniature horses. Kids can pat and feed the animals and travel around the farm in style with an authentic hay ride. There is also an adventure playground and trampoline.
Rocks Riverside Park is another incredible park in Brisbane that is well worth a visit and you can easily spend a half, if not a full, day there. Located by the river at Seventeen Mile Rocks, this park has a fully fenced playground for the little kids and a bigger playground for the older kids. There is also a flying fox.
The best part about this park though is the free outdoor water play area! There is a knee deep wading pool, sprinklers, a little river where kids can go for watery adventures and other pools and slides. It is the perfect Brisbane party park with lots of picnic and barbecue areas. You can also walk and bike along the path along the river for kilometres.